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Ruston Academy Records

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Ruston Academy

Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. administrative files

James and Sibyl Baker papers;



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Title: Ruston Academy Records, 1928-2012Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: CHC5293

Creator: Ruston Academy (Havana, Cuba)

Extent: 5.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The Ruston Academy records are arranged into three series. Series 1, Ruston Academy; Series 2, Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. administrative files; Series 3, James and Sibyl Baker papers.

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

The Ruston Academy Records contain materials relating to Ruston Academy, a bilingual American school founded in Havana, Cuba, in 1920.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Ruston Academy Records contain materials related to the Ruston Academy, a bilingual American school founded in Havana, Cuba, in 1920. It also contains the administrative files of the Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc., a group of alumni and friends organized to plan for a possible re-opening of the school in a post-Revolutionary Cuba. Other materials include photographs, programs, directories and correspondence documenting the history of Ruston Academy alumni reunions held in the United States from 1975 to 2012.

The Ruston Academy records are arranged into three series. Series 1, Ruston Academy, contains ephemera, publications, correspondence and alumni directories; Series 2, Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. administrative files documents the administrative history of the organization with correspondence, meeting minutes and subject files related to RBEI, Inc. projects; and Series 3, James and Sibyl Baker papers, contain personal papers related to Ruston Academy directors, James and Sibyl Baker, including anniversary and memorial tributes and the manuscripts for James Baker's book on the history of Ruston Academy, Ruston: From Dreams to Reality (2007).

Ruston Academy yearbooks from 1940 to 1960, ephemera and photographs of the school and school functions, school publications, and photographs from alumni reunions have been digitized and are availabe via the University of Miami Digital Collections.

Biographical Note

Opened in September 1920 in Havana by educator Hiram Ruston, The Ruston Academy was considered the premiere American school in Latin America. Originally focused on providing an English college-preparatory education for the children of American expatriates in Cuba, it quickly grew into a bilingual academy with a multinational student body. In the 1940s, Ruston expanded to include an elementary school, business preparatory program, basic English classes for Cuban students, and a boarding school, with enrollment measuring at roughly 750 students. In 1955 Ruston moved to a new, larger campus in Havana.

The school was founded by retired English teacher Hiram Hall Ruston and his sister Martha Ruston, of Princeton, Indiana. Mr. Ruston served as headmaster from 1920 to his death in 1946, after which James Baker took over the school's administration. James and his wife Sibyl inherited ownership of the school and converted it into an educational non-profit foundation.

Ruston Academy was closed down by the Castro government in 1961. Its former location was used as a public school, storage facility, homeless shelter, and military intelligence facility by the Cuban government.

The Ruston-Baker Educational Institution (RBEI) was founded in 1992 by James Baker and former members of the Ruston Academy Board of Directors, with the goal of reopening Ruston Academy following the collapse of the Castro government. The RBEI maintains a network of alumni located across the globe. Sibyl Baker died in 1993 and James Baker died in 2001. Their sons, Dennis and Chris, remain active in RBEI activities and organizing alumni reunions.

Subject/Index Terms

Boarding schools - Cuba
Education, Bilingual
Education - Cuba

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please contact chc@miami.edu for more information.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Chris Baker, President of Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, October 2012 and March 2013.

Separated Materials: Baker, Sibyl Evans. In Gay Havana, operetta in three acts for mixed voices. Willis Music, 1942.

Related Materials: CHC5212 Luis J. Botifoll Oral History Project interview with Chris and Dennis Baker. For more information please see http://merrick.library.miami.edu/cdm/ref/collection/chc5212/id/472. Alumni and former faculty of the Ruston Academy maintain a website that contains digital copies of yearbooks and a copy of James Baker's history of the school, Ruston: From Dreams to Reality, published by the Ruston-Baker Educational Institution in 2007. For more information please see http://www.rustonacademy.net/.

Related Publications: The Cuban Heritage Collection also holds copies of the Ruston Academy yearbooks from 1940 to 1960.

Preferred Citation: Ruston Academy Records, Cuban Heritage Collection, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Processing Information: Collection level record added by Amanda Moreno, October, 2012. Fully processed by Natalie Baur, April 2013 with the assistance of Chris Baker, Dennis Baker, and Amanda Moreno.

Finding Aid Revision History: Container list and updated finding aid by Natalie Baur, April 2013. Biographical note by Fernando Espino, April 2013.

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Series 1: Ruston Academy, 1928-2012Add to your cart.
Series 1 contains materials related to activities of the Ruston Academy school in Havana, Cuba as well as activities of the alumni group after the school was shut down in 1960.
Sub-Series 1: Ruston Academy papersAdd to your cart.
Series 1, subseries 1 consists of ephemera, clippings, newsletters, publications and correspondence related to Ruston Academy in Havana. It also contains alumni directories from 1980-2012.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Ruston Academy, history of, pamphlet, c. 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Official Ruston Academy publications, c. 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Ruston Academy, Financials, 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Ruston Academy, Legal documents, 1950-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Rustonian, 1941-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clippings about Ruston Academy, c. 1940s-1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Ruston Academy programs and ephemera, 1943-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: TIME article on Ruston Academy, 1993 MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: The Rustonian newsletter, 1983-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ruston Academy reunion, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Ruston Academy reunions, 1983-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Ruston Academy reunion, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Ruston Academy directories, 1980, 1983, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Ruston Academy directory, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Ruston Academy directory, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Ruston Academy directory, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Ruston Academy directory, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Ruston Academy directory, 2010Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Ruston Academy directory, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence, Ted Viaux, c. 1990s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Box 5: Oversize materials, circa 1940s-1960Add to your cart.
Oversize materials, including a plaque, scrapbook, commencement invitation copies and CDs of electronic copies of Ruston Academy yearbooks.
Sub-Series 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Series 1, subseries 2 contains photographs of Ruston Academy grounds, staff and students and photographs of various Ruston Academy alumni reunions.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Baker Family photos, 1928-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Ruston photos, 1949-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Ruston photos, 1910-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Ruston photos, circa 1980s-1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Ruston Academy buildings, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Ruston Academy buildings, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Ruston book photosAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Ruston promotional photos, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 29: School activities, Ruston AcademyAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Ruston Academy reunion, 1975-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Ruston Academy reunion, 1980-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Ruston Academy reunion, 1991-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Ruston Academy buildings by Jorge Mantilla, 1955Add to your cart.
Series 2: Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. administrative files, circa 1950s-2012Add to your cart.
Series 2 contains the administrative files of the Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. It includes correspondence between board members, incorporation proceedings, by-laws, and several legal proceedings the organization was involved with. The series is arranged into three subseries: subseries 1, correspondence ; subseries 2, minutes; and subseries 3, subject files.
Sub-Series 1: Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. correspondence, 1992-2010Add to your cart.
Subseries 1 contains correspondence related to the activities of the Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. (RBEI). Most of the correspondence is between board members, and to and from board members with lawyers, vendors and consultants doing work with the organization.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: General correspondence, 1992-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General correspondence, 2000-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General correspondence, 2003-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 4: General correspondence, 2006-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 5: RBEI, correspondence, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 6: RBEI, correspondence, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 7: RBEI, correspondence, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 8: RBEI, correspondence, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 9: RBEI, correspondence, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 10: RBEI, correspondence, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 11: RBEI, correspondence, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 12: RBEI, correspondence, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 13: RBEI, correspondence, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 14: RBEI, correspondence, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 15: RBEI, correspondence, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 16: RBEI, correspondence, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 17: RBEI, correspondence, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 18: RBEI, correspondence, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 19: RBEI, correspondence, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 20: RBEI, correspondence, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 21: RBEI, correspondence, 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 22: RBEI, correspondence, 2007-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 23: RBEI, correspondence, strategic planning, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 24: RBEI, correspondence, 2010Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. minutes, 1990-2011Add to your cart.
Subseries 2 contains meeting minutes from the official Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. business meetings.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Minutes, 1990 July 13Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Minutes, 1990 October 27Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Minutes, 1991 November 24Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Minutes, 1992 March 14Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Minutes, 1992 July 11Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Minutes, 1992 November 7Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Minutes, 1993 July 23Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Minutes, 1993 September 19Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Minutes, 1994 February 12Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Minutes, 1994 October 22Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Minutes, 1995 April 1Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Minutes, 1995 July 26Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Minutes, 1996 December 19Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Minutes, 1997 September 21Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Minutes, 1997 November 16Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Minutes, 1998 October 10Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Minutes, 2001 April 14Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Minutes, 2002 March 16Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Minutes, 2003 January 11Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Minutes, 2003 June 28Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Minutes, 2003 December 13Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Minutes, 2006 September 23Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Minutes, 2009 March 21Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Minutes, 2009 September 4Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Minutes, 2010 July 31Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Minutes, 2011 November 19Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. subject filesAdd to your cart.
Subseries 3 contains administrative files kept by Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc. on various projects and legal proceedings. These include files on application for tax exempt status, legal documents from when Ruston Academy operated in Cuba, boad member information, and documentation related to a claim submitted to the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission for Ruston Academy property confiscated in Havana, Cuba.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, Memories of Ruston Academy, 1990s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: New Ruston Academy in Cuba, alumni surveys collected by Mario Iglesias, 1981, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: New Ruston Academy in Cuba, correspondence with Mario Iglesias, 1990-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Background materials on Hiram Ruston, c. 1990-2007Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Pedro Pan presentation by James Baker, Coral Gables, FL, 1992 May 29Add to your cart.
Folder 6: RBEI, physical plant, prefabricated classrooms for New Ruston Academy in Cuba, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 7: RBEI, physical plant committee for New Ruston Academy in Cuba, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ruston Academy, mortgage, 1951 September 7Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Ruston Academy, cancellation of mortgage, 1953 June 5Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Ruston Academy mortgage cancellation, 1953 June 5Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Ruston Academy claim, copies of correspondence providing proof of US support of Ruston Academy, 1954-1960; 1951-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Ruston Academy claim, copies of correspondence providing proof of US support of Ruston Academy, 1951-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Ruston Academy claim, paperwork, 1967-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Ruston Academy claim, correspondence, 1965-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Ruston Baker Foundation, special election to elect new boardmember after the death of Rafael Palacios, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 16: New Ruston Academy in Cuba campaign, c. 1990s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Tax exempt status application, correspondence and supporting materials, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Tax exempt status paperwork, correspondence, and supporting documentation, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, Inc., by-laws, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Ruston-Baker Educational Institution, incorporation, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Resumes of REBI, inc., board members, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Committee on Education for Democracy in Cuba, c. 1960s-Add to your cart.
Series 3: James and Sibyl Baker papers;, 1957-2007Add to your cart.
Series 3 contains materials relating to Ruston Academy directors James and Sibyl Baker, including materials from their memorial services and James Baker's manuscript for his book, Ruston: From Dreams to Reality.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 23: James Baker, book manuscript, working draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: James Baker, book manuscript, working draft, c. 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: James Baker, book manuscript, final corrections by James BakerAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: James Baker, book manuscript, final approved gallies, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 2: James Baker, book manuscript, publishing materials, 2007Add to your cart.
Folder 3: James Baker, book manuscript, "Ruston Memories" collected from alumniAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: James Baker, book manuscript, research materials, c. 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: James Baker, memorial service and condolences, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sibyl Baker, clippings and writings on Ruston Academy, 1957; c. 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sibyl Baker, memorial service, 1993 MayAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: James Baker, English course textbooks for Daytona Beach Community College, 1974; 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Jim and Sibyl Baker 60th anniversary, memories of Ruston, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sibyl Evans Baker, Master's thesis, Cuban Music: Its sources and characteristics, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 11: James Baker oral history interview, circa 1990sAdd to your cart.
Oral history interview of James Baker by Celia Suárez on Baker's role in Operation Pedro Pan in the early 1960s.

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